Actual artist rendition of Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg asleep during a hearing in 2006. (WND)
More reason to vote Republican in 2012…
A recent report by Tom Goldstein, founder of Scotusblog and one of the premier Supreme Court litigators, says that Justice Ginsburg will retire in 2015 when she turns 82.
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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will step down from the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015 to give President Obama, putatively in his second term, a chance to name a liberal as her successor.
That’s the conclusion of Tom Goldstein, founder and padrone of SCOTUSBLOG.com, one of the premier Supreme Court litigators in active practice — he’s argued 24 cases before the justices — and arguably the most prescient high court analyst.
Goldstein tends to be included on lists: Congressional Quarterly named him one of the 50 most influential people in Washington; Legal Times named him one of the 90 greatest Washington lawyers of the past 30 years and one of the leading Washington appellate lawyers, and the Washingtonian named him one of the 30 best lawyers in Washington.
So any prediction by Goldstein has to be taken very seriously.
In the swashbuckling , devil-may-care style familiar to those who know him, Goldstein admits his prediction is speculation.
“The odds are good that Justice Ginsburg will retire in the third year of a second Obama term,” he writes in SCOTUSBLOG. “That is only a presumption, and I doubt that the justice herself has made concrete plans. [Obama’s] re-election itself is highly uncertain, and much can change in one’s thinking over the next three years.
“Nonetheless, the justice has sent signals that correspond with a likely retirement at that time.”
Ginsburg’s retirement would have nothing to do with her two bouts of cancer, both of which she bested.
Instead, when asked about stepping down, Ginsburg has noted similarities of her court service with that of the first Jewish member of the high court, Justice Louis Brandeis,
Brandeis retired at age 82, Goldstein points out. Ginsburg will turn 82 in March 2015.
Hat Tip Mara